HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 17, 2012 – Divers senior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) each finished in the top four of the three-meter board at the Nike Cup to highlight the day’s action for the James Madison swimming and diving team on Saturday. In addition to the diving team at the Nike Cup, seven individuals reached championship finals for the swimming team on day two of the Pittsburgh Invitational.
Helfrich followed up her individual title in the one-meter on Friday with a second-place showing on the 3-meter board. She was the top qualifier in the preliminaries, scoring a 312.20 before totaling 307.10 points in the finals to finish 4.80 points back of North Carolina State’s Rachel Mumma. Savage finished fifth with 276.45 points after qualifying second with 291.50 points.
Freshmen divers Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Lauren Hadley (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) both finished in the top 17 on the day. Alexander scored a 231.75 to claim tenth, while Hadley totaled a 196.60 en route to finishing 17th.
Highlighting the action at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh was sophomore Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke. The second-year Duke timed a 1:03.24 to lead three Madison swimmers in the championship final. Junior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) touched the wall in sixth with a time of 1:06.14. Junior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) took seventh (1:06.81).
Holmgaard was the only swimmer to reach two championship finals, taking seventh in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.06).
The Dukes also placed three swimmers in the championship final of the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) claimed fifth (4:33.11), while junior Addy Morrison (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton) followed in seventh (4:37.09). Sophomore Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) timed a 4:41.28 to take eighth.
Other top finishers for the Dukes included senior Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) in 10th in the 100-yard butterfly (57.39) and the 100-yard backstroke (57.79). Fellow senior Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) was just 0.16 seconds back of Criscuolo in the 100 back, timing a 57.95 to finish 11th.
Burns, Won, Criscuolo and sophomore Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) teamed up to swim the 200-yard medley relay. They completed the event in 1:43.71 to finish second. In the day’s other relay event, the Madison team of Hooper, Johnson and freshmen Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and Cameron Martin (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) took sixth in a time of 7:39.29.
The Pittsburgh Invitational wraps up with day three at Trees Pool on Sunday.
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